Wayne Bridge, A Step In The Right Direction?

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Friday, January 14th, 2011

West Ham United’s signing of left full back Wayne Bridge is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Its pleasing to see that a problematic area has now been covered. When West Ham were linked with Steve Sidwell I was slightly baffled, although Sidwell is a decent player West Hams strongest area this year has been the centre of midfield. Obviously the stand out performances of Scott Parker have made this the case but Mark Noble, Valon Behrami and Radoslav Kovac have all been fairly impressive when not injured. With Sidwell being primarily a centre midfielder it seemed odd that West Ham were looking to sign him when they are so painfully poor in other areas. The signing of Sidwell fell through due to the players uncertainty over the future of Avram Grant. I personally think this was a good thing. West Ham needed a left back, I feel Bridge is about as good as they could have got, he’s Premier League proven, good going forward and of course it gives the West Ham fans even more reason to give John Terry a bit of stick.

Now I hope West Ham look to strengthen in other areas that are in need. I feel a winger is needed, Sears and Stanislas do just fine when they play but maybe a more seasoned pro could just bring the creativity needed to unlock defences more often. Obviously Shaun Wright-Phillips is available and although I have not always been a fan of his I would not be adverse to him signing. There is stiff competition from the teams surrounding West Ham but the signing of Bridge may well aid the team in trying to attract SWP. I also feel a more mobile striker with an eye for the is needed, West Ham are in need of a striker with some pace who is willing to run in behind the oppositions defence. At the moment the strikers play to much of the game with their back to goal and it becomes quite easy for the oppositions defenders. Finally a centre back is probably desirable as well, I’ve seen that Curtis Davies may be on his way to Stoke for 2 million pound and that Jonathan Woodgate may be loaned out to the Championship, even with their injury woes if I were part of the West Ham set up I would definatly be trying to make a move for either or both of them players.

A new left back is unlikely to change the fortunes of the whole team but it is at least a sign that someone somewhere within West Ham is looking for the right sort of player that may keep them in the Premier League.

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  • Dexylongshot

    Latest news on this. My well placed sources have told o, neill will take over proceedings after the arsenal game tonight. I”m really surprised o neill has jumped into the hot seat at upton park and am not sure how much money that will free up if way have to fork out for avram. I fear a big name will be on his way out with my money on Carlton and behrami. At least with have oneill and not big sam, I rate the paddy highly and I’m sure he,ll be on the blower for some young villa players, he’s a well respected boss and should be able to get some top faces down to the bolyen.

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